Re ex-president Pujol’s “stay away from our women” apartheid speech, here’s this morning’s column by Salvador Sostres, who has figured that the best way for a talentless dickhead to get ahead in contemporary Catalan journalism is as a women-hater, paedophile apologist (notorious article in Avui), and staunch Catalanist:
Pujol has stated the obvious, and what he said could have been said by any other leader of any other country. There’s no question of it, it’s pure arithmetic. Franco already sent us all that immigration from the south with some very concrete political goals. A country is its people, and if there keep on being less Catalans and more Moroccans, in the end this country will stop being Catalonia and become Morocco. Obviously it is the minority that integrates. This has nothing to do with the right of everyone to make a life for himself, nor has it anything to do with racism or with the whole load of nonsense they’re directing at Pujol now, from Nazi to I don’t know what. It is not by chance that the PSOE has a million votes in Catalonia, as it follows a paradoxically Francoist strategy. (Or, not as paradoxically, because the idea of deactivating Catalonia as a nation is just as much Francoist as it is socialist. Hey, the socialists don’t kill us, there’s a lot to be thankful for because before it was all much more unpleasant. Thanks, socialists, thanks very much for not killing us.) In the end, the truth is that there is not much difference between forbidding Catalan and putting 12 million Senegalese into a country of 6 million Catalans. OK, I know that the proportions are not currently like this, but there will come a time, as Pujol explains, when the donkey’s back will not take any more. Countries with a state can bear all this much more calmly, principally because they have a strong, solid political structure that can legislate in one sense or another, control its borders with more or less rigour, impose these conditions or those on people who go to live there. But for Catalonia–which still doesn’t know if it is a nation, a national community or a historical nationality–the only recourse under these conditions and circumstances is to say what it can. I should insist–in order that righteous socialists understand the article–that this is not about confronting the “essence of the homeland” (as the cosmopolitans say) with the right to survive of immigrants but, as Pujol says, about being able to manage immigration both they and we have a right to survive. To me it doesn’t seem that difficult to understand. Particularly for those with an IQ of above 90.
This guy is so stupid and malevolent that it’s difficult to know where to start, but here are some issues:
- Where’s the evidence for the claim, oft-repeated in nationalist circles, that Franco encouraged immigration in order to ethnically cleanse Catalonia? What makes me suspect that this is a deliberate lie?
- Mr Sostres “Moorish flood” meme is racial propaganda at the level of the British National Party or the Klan. The Generalitat’s stats service is unreliable, but it only comes up with 117,000 Moroccans out of a total population of some six million.
- Politics 101 tells us that a country (or an autonomous region) does not change its name simply because of changes in the demographics. Albacete (= al-Basit) has always seemed pretty damn Spanish to me.
- What is worse than being a Nazi? Mr Sostres should tell us.
- Franco died 30 years ago, and at least half the population has no personal memory of his era. How long are Catalan fascists going to keep using a long-dead Spanish fascist to justify their sense of victimhood? Does political Catalanism have any substance or meaning without Franco?
- “The socialists don’t kill us…” Come on, even Franco shot only about 2,300 in Catalonia between 1939 and 1953 which, although terrible, is of a similar order of magnitude as the Catalan-on-Catalan purges after the 1936 revolution and in a different galaxy from anything perpetrated by your Stalins and Hitlers, or even your Castros and Saddams. The implication that the deepest desire of Spain is to exterminate Catalonia may seem good and heroic after a few beers with your mates, but just sounds like stupid nonsense to everyone else.
- General Franco and his good friend, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, may have difficulty finding 12 million Senegalese: Senegal’s estimated population is 11 million.
- No one is questioning Mr Sostre’s right to survive; indeed, the money spent by Catalanists at the Generalitat on funding journalists like him came to a large degree out of taxes paid by the immigrants whose labour put Catalan industry on its feet in the 60s and 70s. Isn’t it about time he went down on bended knees and thanked some Murcians?
- Fair’s fair: I have no trouble in accepting Mr Sostres’ suggestion that his IQ is sub-90.
- Catalan retronecrophilia
I’m distinctly uneasy at the prospect of Catalonia being defined in a new statute of autonomy as a nation. The reason
- State-directed swamping of Catalonia by immigrants from other parts of Spain
Along with stuff like the banning of the sardana and of Catalan, this is another of the absurd lies told about
- European agreements re language rights
I’ve posted recently on the prohibition and persecution of non-Catalan toponymy in and outside Catalonia. While so I thought I’d
- The intellectual, freedom’s friend!
Lovely line in La Vanguardia, discovered lazing on top of an article re bullfighting: Bullfights fracture the allergy of intellectuals to proscription. And,
- Cataloonia, Sweden on the Med
Jordi Pujol’s venerable dream appears finally to have been realised, although perhaps not quite as he anticipated.